Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerDems face hard choice for State of the Union response Even some conservatives seem open to return to earmarks Overnight Finance: Trump, lawmakers take key step to immigration deal | Trump urges Congress to bring back earmarks | Tax law poised to create windfall for states | Trump to attend Davos | Dimon walks back bitcoin criticism MORE (R-Ohio) is postponing House GOP elections for majority leader and whip at the behest of conservatives.

House Republicans had been scheduled to vote behind closed doors Thursday for the two positions, but will now just vote on electing a Speaker to replace Boehner at that time. 

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Votes on a new majority leader and whip will not take place until after the full House votes to elect a new Speaker on Oct. 29 — the day before Boehner is to finish up as Speaker. 

It's possible those elections won't take place at all. 

Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyMcCarthy: ‘No deadline on DACA’ Hoyer suggests Dems won't support spending bill without DACA fix The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (R-Calif.) is favored to win the Speakership vote, but Rep. Jason ChaffetzJason ChaffetzHouse Oversight slams TSA after report says officials 'interfered' in disciplinary case Gowdy steps down from Ethics Committee, citing 'challenging workload' Criminal referrals by members of Congress raise procedural questions MORE (R-Utah) insists the leader won't have the 218 votes necessary to win on the floor. Chaffetz on Sunday announced a late bid for the job. Rep. Daniel WebsterDaniel Alan WebsterOvernight Finance: Lawmakers see shutdown odds rising | Trump calls for looser rules for bank loans | Consumer bureau moves to revise payday lending rule | Trump warns China on trade deficit Lawmakers see shutdown’s odds rising All's not well in paradise — if you have a timeshare MORE (R-Fla.) is also running. 

While the Speaker nominee will only need 124 votes to win the internal GOP conference election, they must secure 218 votes during the House floor vote. It's possible conservatives determined to prevent McCarthy from winning could withhold support at that time. 

Twenty-five conservatives voted against Boehner on the floor in January — only three short of the maximum defections McCarthy or any other Speaker nominee could lose.

If McCarthy doesn't win, he'd keep his majority leader job, and Rep. Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseGOP leaders pitch children's health funding in plan to avert shutdown Scalise ‘resting comfortably’ after follow-up surgery from shooting Scalise to undergo another surgery after shooting MORE (R-La.) would stay in his present position as House majority whip. 

"This new process will ensure House Republicans have a strong, unified team to lead our conference and focus on the American people’s priorities," Boehner said in a statement explaining the changes.

The change to the leadership election process could hurt Scalise's bid for majority leader against House Budget Committee Chairman Tom PriceThomas (Tom) Edmunds PriceOvernight Health Care: House GOP considers adding health measures to funding bill | WH doctor says Trump in 'excellent' health | Gallup: Number of uninsured up 3M in 2017 | CDC chief to miss fourth hearing New watchdog group targets Trump HHS on reproductive health EPA inspector general further expands probe into Pruitt travel MORE (R-Ga.) since conservatives will now have more time to possibly field another candidate. Scalise told supporters Sunday evening that he had secured enough votes to win the race.

Some Republicans are also pushing changes to House GOP conference rules. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.) wants all leadership candidates to resign their current posts in order to run for a promotion. Republicans may vote on such a rule change as early as this week.